The SNP wants 9% of the BBC's budget to be spent in Scotland, and is looking at plans to draw up a Scottish Broadcasting Corporation to rival the BBC. This SNP plan is ludicrous in the extreme and will only cause a backlash.
How many Scots are employed by the BBC in London ? How many presenters, actors, technicians, support staff and cameramen from Scotland earn a good living in London or Bristol or Cardiff where the BBC make their very best dramas and comedies ?
SNP demands for 9% of the budget might seem okay, but in truth it is a demand for 9% for Scotland, with Scotland still wanting a share of the 91% left that is spent on England.
Inevitably there will be a backlash from non Scots. What if listeners demand that Edith Bowman, a Scot, lose her job on BBC Radio One and be replaced by a non Scot ? What happens if Richard Wilson wants to appear in another BBC comedy or another episode of Doctor Who alongside another Scot, David Tennant ?
The SNP have a parochial and rather pathetic view of broadcasting that believes that anything made outside of Scotland is not worthy. The Nationalism of thew SNP shines out above all other facets that normal politicians have like common sense, perspective and an understanding that accents and national borders are less important today than they have ever been.
P.S. Why wait till nearly six pm to publish this ? Well whenever I have written anything about the SNP before their team of Scottish parliamentary employees all get together and send comments. This way they'll at least have to do it from home rather than at tax payers expense.